The new CBS comedy series "Murphy Brown" doesn't exactly sizzle in its debut at 9 tonight on Channels 2 and 8. It is a show you'd like to see again, however, which is more than you can say for much of the TV genre it caricatures.
TV magazines of all varieties are the target, and Candice Bergen is swell as Murphy, the egocentric/insecure superstar interviewer of a hit investigative series titled "FYI."
Tough-but-likable is the operative formula here. Tyrannical-but-vulnerable too. And as a bonus, Murphy has great legs.
The quintessential celebrity journalist, she returns from a month's stay at the Betty Ford Clinic to find that things have changed. There's a new executive producer, 25-year-old Harvard Business School graduate named Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud); also, former Miss America Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford)--whose talent in the pageant was coordinating closets--has joined Murphy, stuffy anchor Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough) and reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) on the "FYI" team.
In the real world, the Harvard business grads become network programming executives, not magazine show producers. And "Coordinating Closets" would be a five-part ratings sweeps series on local news. But this is not the real world.